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Christina Bellantoni

Bio:

Christina Bellantoni is Roll Call's editor-in-chief. She took the position in January 2014 and is in charge of all editorial, print and digital platforms.

Before returning to the newspaper, Bellantoni worked as political editor at the PBS NewsHour, where she directed coverage of the White House, Congress, political campaigns and the Supreme Court. While managing the political unit and the election-year Corporation for Public Broadcasting grant, Bellantoni also served as an on-air political analyst. 

Prior to working in television, Bellantoni was associate politics editor for Roll Call from October 2010 until January 2012. She has been writing about politics in Washington since fall 2003. Before coming to Roll Call for the first time, Bellantoni was a senior reporter-blogger in Talking Points Memo’s D.C. bureau, covering the White House and national politics. 

She worked from 2003 to 2008 at The Washington Times, writing the paper's most-trafficked blog. During her time there, Bellantoni was a White House correspondent after covering the 2008 presidential campaign and Congress, and she came up through the paper's Metro desk covering Virginia state politics.

Bellantoni began her journalism career in 1998 writing about technology and business in her home state of California. She is the winner of two national journalism awards for her 2001 scoop about the sale of the San Jose Sharks.

She served as a fall 2011 fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School, leading a group of undergraduate students for a semester of discussions about partisan media.

She serves on the board of the Washington Press Club Foundation, which aims to advance women and minorities in newsrooms, and plays on the Bad News Babes, the media team in the annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game.

She regularly guest hosts the "Kojo Nnamdi Show" on WAMU 88.5 FM.

Bellantoni also is a contributing editor for More Magazine, and authored the December 2011 “Running (For President) in Heels” and the May 2011 “The Great Awakening of the Mommy Patriots.”

She lives in Washington, D.C.

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Freshmen Join Congressional Women's Softball Game

May 21, 2015

The lawmakers who play in the Congressional Women’s Softball Game have three new recruits to brag about this year, ahead of next month’s charity game against the press.

Having Fun With Congress

April 1, 2015

Back in 2010 during my first stint at Roll Call, I suggested creating a “tear tally” to track how often Speaker John A. Boehner needs to pull out a hankie. Not to make fun of him, of course, but to use data to remind our readers that we track Congress like no one else. It never quite came together, even though there has certainly been plenty of material.

#tbt Trivia: How Well Do You Know Congress?

March 5, 2015

The only thing better than celebrating a birthday is celebrating it all year long. Roll Call is turning 60, and we’re doing a whole bunch of stuff to mark six decades of covering Congress.

Pope Francis to Give Speech to Congress

Feb. 5, 2015

Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio announced that Pope Francis will address Congress on Sept. 24.

Boehner: Pope Francis to Address Congress in September

Feb. 5, 2015

Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio announced Thursday that Pope Francis will address Congress on Sept. 24.

Francis will be in Philadelphia in late September for a global conference on Roman Catholic family values.

"It is my great privilege to announce that His Holiness Pope Francis will visit the United States Capitol on Thursday, September 24, 2015," Boehner announced in a statement, noting it would mark the first leader of the Holy See to address a joint meeting of Congress.

#ThrowbackThursday: When the Cameras Turned On

Feb. 5, 2015

The next time you need an “older than” joke, here’s some new material: members whose congressional careers are older than C-SPAN.

Roll Call Presents: State of the Union Watch Party

Jan. 20, 2015

This is a town full of nerds, so I don’t feel all that worried admitting I love State of the Union night.

Late Congressman's Wife Inherits a Nightmare

Jan. 19, 2015

CQ Roll Call went with Beverly Young to St. Petersburg College to see what remained of the late congressman's archival memorabilia. Video by Warren Rojas.

A Tribute to Michele Bachmann (Video)

Dec. 16, 2014

Would it surprise you if I disclose that one of the most important pieces of advice I’ve ever gotten came from Rep. Michele Bachmann?

Michele Bachmann Delivers Farewell Address

Dec. 16, 2014

Rep. Michele Bachmann gave her farewell speech on the House floor on Dec. 9, repeatedly talking about the “privilege” of serving as the first female Republican elected from Minnesota, while thanking her supporters, staff and congressional employees for their service.

Ohio Democrat Pushes Healthy Eating as Fiscal Issue

Dec. 11, 2014

Rep. Tim Ryan’s ideal world would contain children snacking on salad at the school lunch table, local farmers supplying organic fruit to universities and community gardens replacing even the most dilapidated urban centers.

Mitch McConnell Interview Transcript

Dec. 8, 2014

CQ Roll Call’s Niels Lesniewski interviewed incoming Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Dec. 5. A lightly edited transcript follows.

Nancy Pelosi Interview Transcript

Dec. 7, 2014

CQ Roll Call’s Emma Dumain interviewed Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Dec. 5. A lightly edited transcript follows.

Incoming CHC Chairman Wants Role for 'Fresher' Faces

Dec. 5, 2014

Rep. Linda T. Sánchez believes House Democrats should get newer members more involved in leadership, or at least showcase “fresher” faces.

6 Awesome Scenarios to Ponder Ahead of Election Results

Nov. 4, 2014

The last few days before an election, an eerie sort of calm falls over a newsroom.

Ralph Hall Hospitalized After Car Accident in Texas

Oct. 4, 2014

Updated, 7:13 p.m. | Texas Rep. Ralph M. Hall was hospitalized Saturday following a car accident but is expected to make “a full recovery,” according to his office.

The Roll Call Fab 50: An Evolution Begins

Sept. 23, 2014

Fab·u·lous (adjective): extraordinary, especially extraordinarily large. amazingly good; wonderful.

Roll Call's #50Richest Project, Explained (Video)

Sept. 9, 2014

There was a moment recently when I worried I had gone a little crazy. It was somewhere between realizing I’d skipped a page of Rep. Peter Welch’s assets and posting a photo of my cat Nephron laying on Sen. Tim Kaine’s financial disclosure forms on Instagram with the hashtag #catsof50Richest.

50 Richest Members of Congress: Why We Did It

Sept. 7, 2014

Roll Call reporters and editors explain why the newsroom undertakes the 50 Richest Members of Congress list each year. The project takes weeks and isn't easy — and it can even be agonizing — but they detail why 50 Richest is critically important to understanding Congress.

Visit Roll Call's 50 Richest Interactive for more.

50 Richest Members of Congress: How We Did It

Sept. 7, 2014

CQ Roll Call's Jay Hunter describes the methodology for the 50 Richest Members of Congress list. Since 1990, Roll Call has calculated the net worth of every delegate, representative and senator to rank lawmakers by their net worth.

Visit Roll Call's 50 Richest Interactive for more.

The 10 'Poorest' Members of Congress

Sept. 7, 2014

Roll Call counts down the 10 "poorest" members of Congress, part of the 50 Richest Members of Congress list. Since 1990, Roll Call has calculated the net worth of every delegate, representative and senator to rank lawmakers by their net worth.

Visit Roll Call's 50 Richest Interactive for more.

The 10 Richest Members of Congress

Sept. 7, 2014

Roll Call counts down the 10 richest members of Congress, part of the 50 Richest Members of Congress list. Since 1990, Roll Call has calculated the net worth of every delegate, representative and senator to rank lawmakers by their net worth.

Visit Roll Call's 50 Richest Interactive for more.

Hagan Criticizes Obama Ahead of North Carolina Visit

Aug. 22, 2014

Updated 6:38 p.m. | Sen. Kay Hagan doesn’t sound thrilled President Barack Obama is coming to town.

Gowdy Hires Top Lawyer for Benghazi Committee

Aug. 22, 2014

After an extended period of quiet, the special committee for investigating the attacks in Benghazi may be readying for action.

Republicans Honor Cantor's Tenure (Video)

July 29, 2014

The House Republican Conference paid tribute to outgoing Majority Leader Eric Cantor Tuesday morning with a video showcasing the Virginia Republican’s legislative career.

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